Second Grade Waldorf Math Plan
Here is my mapped out plan for math in our second grade Waldorf homeschool. In first grade we covered the quality of numbers 1-12, working with those numbers one at a time in relation to where we see them in the world. I told a container story of a dragon who was under a spell to remain in the center of a cave until someone came along and solved the mysteries of the 12 tunnels to release him. It was a really wonderful block and such an image-rich, holistic start to our math journey. In the winter we had an introduction to the four processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, and worked with those concepts on their own and in relation to each other. For those blocks we used the stories of the math squirrels from Donna Simmons’ Christopherus first grade curriculum. We also worked on foundational pieces like skip counting, the number line, creating a 100 chart, dice and card games, and such.
Second grade math is shaping up to be just as wonderful and I can’t wait to start it. I’m using a few resources for these blocks, the first being the Christopherus second grade math curriculum. The other books I’m using are Jamie York’s Making Math Meaningful, and Second Grade Math a Month-to-Month Guide by Nancy Litton. I will also be pulling from the first grade month-to-month guide because I am using those ideas but lining them up with where they fall in the Waldorf curriculum, as opposed to where the author suggests.
One thing to note is that I decided to hold off on vertical equations and carrying/borrowing until third grade. I am a huge fan of cross referencing your sources of information, and I found it to be about a 50/50 split between Waldorf resources suggesting it for second or third grade. Instead we will focus on variety and invented strategies, which means lots of mental math and allowing the child to figure out how the numbers work naturally with her learning style. I will introduce some shortcuts and math tricks, and see what she comes up with as well. When deciding this I ultimately went with my gut feeling of what would be best for my daughter and our situation, so I don’t think there’s a wrong choice here. In place of that material I will also be adding in a few weeks of geometry which is shaping up to be a lot of fun. Oh my, no pun intended. So without further ado here is my maths main lesson block plan for next year.
Grade Two Math
Block 1 : September (2 weeks)
Four Processes Review
odds and evens
fairy factor trees
Block 2 : November (4 weeks)
ones, tens, hundreds
double digit equations
focus on invented strategies
Block 3: January (4 weeks)
Geometry + Times Tables
times/division 1-12 tables
Block 4: March (4 weeks)
bringing it all together
Next I mapped out a month by month plan for math, just to hold myself accountable and see where it is showing up outside of the main lesson blocks (MLB). My goal for next year is to be more disciplined with daily practice and also conscious of pulling math out of other subjects, as noted below. I really want my children to have good habits around studying and discipline, and I can see already that it is a slippery slope when I don’t set them up for success with this and model it myself. I run a mixed-age homeschool class once a week and next year we will have a focus of Time Orientation- learning about cycles of the day and year, making calendars, preparing for annual festivals, and more things that integrate math concepts with natural science and social studies.
Month by Month Math Plan
September - MLB Four Processes Review
October - building simple machines during Four Elements block; estimating and predicting
November - MLB Place Value
December - quilting
January - MLB Geometry and Times Tables
February - story solving during practice lesson
March - MLB Consolidation
April - spring math with weather
May - informal measurement introduction during Herbal Studies block
June - review (1 week)
Additional Math Work
Year long study on Time Orientation with our homeschool group
Daily practice during warm-up time (when not in a math MLB) - mental math, games, challenges
As always with Waldorf, these concepts will be brought about by story, movement, and lively games :)
That’s all I have for now, thanks for reading!